Prof James Readman
BSc (Hons), PhD, FRSC, CChem, MSB, CBiol,
leads fundamental research into the composition/cycling of organic
material and the behaviour and impact of pollutants in estuarine
and coastal environments. His most recent research relates to
emerging contaminants and nanoparticles. He commenced employment as
an environmental research chemist in 1978 and has since gained
professional experience in academic, Governmental, industrial
contract research and United Nations laboratories.
From 1999 to 2001, he was Head of Pollution Research for the UK
Centre for Coastal & Marine Sciences. From 1996-1999, he was
Head of Biogeochemistry at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and prior
to that, for seven years was employed by the United Nations as Head
of the Organic Chemistry Unit at the International Atomic Energy
Agency - Marine Environment Laboratory based in the Principality of
Professor Readman has published over 100 refereed papers relating
to environmental science and analytical chemistry in scientific
journals (including Nature). These papers have, collectively, been
cited over 3300 times, and generate an h-index of 34. In addition
to these publications, he has written, compiled and edited numerous
Professor Readman has organised, chaired and
participated in numerous (approximately 150) International Symposia
and United Nations meetings and conferences on environmental
pollution. He has also served as a member of the UK Government’s
Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances (ACHS) and was recently
an external examiner of the MSc Environmental Technology course at
Imperial College, London. During recent years, he has provided
expert comment on pollution issues for the BBC and several popular
newspapers and journals.
Selected recent publications
JW, DeLuna F, Ebinghaus R, Nestor A, Price ARG, Readman
EE, Sheppard ALS, Sleight VA, Sturm R, Thompson RC, Tonkin A,
Wolschke H, Wright RJ and Sheppard CRC. 2013. Contaminants,
pollution and potential anthropogenic impacts in Chagos/British
Indian Ocean Territories. Chapter 21 in: Coral Reefs of the United
Kingdom Overseas Territories, Coral Reefs of the World 4. Ed: CRC
Sheppard. Springer, NL.
- Price ARG and
Readman JW. 2013. Booster biocide antifoulants: is
history repeating itself? In: Late lessons from early warnings:
science, precaution, innovation. Part B - Emerging lessons from
ecosystems. The European Environment Agency. Publications office of
the European Union, Luxembourg. Part 12. 297-310.
- Al-Subiai SN, Arlt VM,
Frickers PE, Readman JW, Stolpe B, Lead JR, Moody
AJ and Jha AN. 2012. Merging nano-genotoxicology with
eco-genotoxicology: an integrated approach to determine interactive
genotoxic and sub-lethal toxic effects of C60 fullerenes and
fluoranthene in marine mussels, Mytilus sp. Mutation Research:
Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis, 745,
- Radovic J, Rial D, Lyons
B, Harman C, Viñas L, Beiras R, Readman JW, Thomas
K and Bayona J-M. 2012. Post incident monitoring to evaluate
environmental damage from shipping incidents: chemical and
biological assessments. Journal of Environmental Management, 109,
- Radovic JR, Dominguez C,
Laffont K, Diez S, Readman JW, Albaiges J and
Bayona J-M. 2012. Compositional properties characterizing commonly
transported oils and controlling their fate in the marine
environment. Journal of Environmental Monitoring. 14, 3220 -
- Di Y, Schroeder DC,
Highfield A, Readman JW and Jha AN. 2011.
Tissue-specific expression of p53 and ras genes in response to the
environmental genotoxicant benzo(α)pyrene in marine mussels.
Environmental Science and Technology. 45, 8974–8981.
- Grover DP, Zhou JL,
Frickers PE andReadman JW. 2011. Improved removal
of estrogenic and pharmaceutical compounds in sewage effluent by
full scale granular activated carbon: impact on receiving river
water. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 185, 1005-1011.
JW, Kadar E, Readman JAJ and Guitart C. 2011. Estuarine
and Marine Pollutants. In: Marine Environment & Human Health.
Eds. RE Hester and RM Harrison. Issues in Environmental Science and
Technology, 33, 68-94. The Royal Society of Chemistry,
- Grover D, Balaam JL,
Pacitto S, Readman JW, White S and Zhou JL. 2011.
Endocrine disrupting activities in sewage effluent and river water
determined by chemical analysis and in vitro assay in the context
of granular activated carbon upgrade. Chemosphere, 84,
Shaw JP, Dondero F, Moore MN, Negri A, Dagnino
A, Readman JW, Lowe DR, Frickers PE, Beesley A,
Thain JE and Viarengo A. 2011. Integration of biochemical,
histochemical and toxicogenomic indices for the assessment of
health status of mussels from the Tamar Estuary, U.K. Marine
Environmental Research, 72, 13-24.
Balaam, J.L., Grover, D., Johnson, A.C.,
Jürgens, M., Readman, J., Smith, A.J., White, S.,
Williams, R. and Zhou, J.L. (2010). The use of modelling to predict
levels of estrogens in a river catchment: how does modelled data
compare with chemical analysis and in vitro yeast assay results?
Science of the Total Environment, 408 (20), 4826-4832.
C, Readman JW. 2010. Critical evaluation of the
determination of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, phenolic
endocrine disrupters and faecal steroids by GC/MS and PTV-GC/MS in
environmental waters. Analytica Chimica Acta, 658,
- Kadar E, Simmance F,
Martin O, Voulvoulis N, Widdicombe S, Mitov S, Lead JR,
Readman JW. 2010. The influence of engineered
Fe2O3 nanoparticles and soluble
(FeCl3) iron on the developmental toxicity caused by
CO2-induced seawater acidification. Environmental
Pollution, 158 (12), 2490-3497
- Lewis C, Guitart C, Pook
C, Scarlett A, Readman JW, Galloway TS. 2010. An
integrated assessment of oil pollution using biological monitoring
and chemical fingerprinting. Environmental Toxicology and
Chemistry, 29(6), 1358–1366.
- Parks R,
Donnier-Marechal M, Frickers PE, Turner A, Readman
JW. 2010. Antifouling biocides in discarded marine paint
particles. Marine Pollution Bulletin,
- Sumner NR, Guitart C,
Fuentes G, Readman JW. 2010. Inputs and
distributions of synthetic musk fragrances in an estuarine and
coastal environment; a case study. Environmental
Pollution, 158, 215–222.
- Bradford A, Handy R,
Readman JW, Atfield A, Mühling M. 2009. Impact of
silver nanoparticle contamination on the genetic diversity of
natural bacterial assemblages in estuarine sediments.
Environmental Science and Technology, 43(12),
- Grover DP, Zhang ZL,
Readman JW, Zhou JL. 2009. A comparison of three
analytical techniques for the measurement of steroidal estrogens in
environmental water samples. Talanta, 78,
- Lewis C, Beggah S, Pook
C, Guitart C, Redshaw C, Roelof van der Meer J, Readman
JW, Galloway, T.S. 2009. Novel use of a whole cell E. coli
bio-reporter as a urinary exposure biomarker. Environmental
Science and Technology, 43(2), 423–428.
- Moore MN, Readman JAJ,
Readman JW, Lowe DM, Frickers PE, Beesley A. 2009.
Carbon nanoparticle-induced lysosomal membrane injury in blood
cells of marine mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis): an
in vitro study. Nanotoxicology, 3(1),
- Guitart C, Frickers P,
Horillo-Carballo J, Law RJ, Readman JW. 2008.
Characterisation of sea surface chemical contamination after
shipping accidents. Environmental Science and Technology,
42, 2275–2282. (Cover article).
- Hassellöv M,
Readman JW, Ranville JF, Tiede K. 2008.
Nanoparticle analysis and characterization methodologies in
environmental risk assessment of engineered nanoparticles.
Ecotoxicology, 17, 344–361.
- Schiedek D, Sundelin B, Readman
JW, Macdonald RW. 2007. Interactions between climate
change and contaminants. Marine Pollution Bulletin 54,
- Aranami K, Readman JW.
2007. Photolytic degradation of triclosan in freshwater and
seawater. Chemosphere 66, 1052–1056.
Key research projects
EU FP7 OCEAN-2013. Work programme topic
addressed: biosensors for real time monitoring of biohazard and
man-made chemical contaminants in the marine environment. “Real
time monitoring of SEA contaminants by an autonomous Lab-on-a-CHIP
biosensor (SEA-on-a-CHIP)”. PML involvement on verification and
validation case studies. Under negotiation (2013 – 2017).
PML-Korea Institute of Oceans Science and
Technology (KIOST) joint research into the isolation and
characterisation of nano-scale plastic particles in the environment
(2012 - ).
EU/Defra through the
project “European concerted action to foster prevention and best
response to Accidental marine Pollution – AMPERA” (6th Framework
Program). Implementation of risk assessment methodologies for oil
and chemical spills in the European marine environment (2008
- NERC/Defra/EA Environmental Nanoscience
Initiative. An investigation into the effects of nanoparticles on
the bacterial diversity of freshwater and coastal marine sediments
- Defra consortium. EDCAT. Investigation
into the effects and behaviour of endocrine disrupters in the
- NERC/Defra/EA Environmental Nanoscience
Initiative. Effects of C-60 fullerenes and carbon nano-tubes on
marine mussels (2007–2008)
- EU Marie Curie Fellowship. Dr Carlos
Guitart was employed to undertake an evaluation of the occurrence,
persistence and potential impact of pharmaceuticals and personal
care products (PPCPs) in transitional and coastal waters.
- European Environment Agency. Investigation
into antifouling booster biocide usage and legislation, including
current environmental levels. (2006–2007)
- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
- Fellowship. An isotopic study of persistent organics. The
fellowship provided a Visting Senior Fellow (Dr Kazushi Aranami) to
undertake research (2005)